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Snakes Split Weekend; Play Two Home Games This Week

February 18, 2013 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Columbus Cottonmouths

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Columbus Cottonmouths split a pair of games over the weekend as they were shut out at Pensacola on Friday night before returning home to salvage the weekend with a 4-1 victory over the Huntsville Havoc Saturday night. Heading into this week's action, the Snakes are tied in the SPHL standings with the Knoxville Ice Bears, who the Cottonmouths will face at home on Tuesday night. After Tuesday's game, the Snakes will play three games in three day in three cities this weekend. Columbus will face Augusta at home on Friday night before embarking on a six-game road trip away from the friendly confines of the Snake Pit, starting with games Saturday night at Huntsville, the first visit of the season to the Havoc's home rink for the Snakes, and Sunday afternoon at Pensacola. All three games will be broadcast on America One Networks with both a video and audio feed, with a nominal fee for each game. A free audio-only webcast of the games is also available. Details can be found at www.cottonmouths.com.

CURRENT RECORDS AND STATS

Last Week: 1-1-0

Record: 23-15-3, 49 pts (T-4th, SPHL)

120 GF, 103 GA

15.1% PP (5th, SPHL); 88.5% PK (2nd, SPHL)

LAST WEEK'S TRANSACTIONS

2/11 - F Biff McNally waived

2/15 - D Marcel Alvarez loaned to Gwinnett (ECHL)

2/15 - F Ken Porter signed

2/16 - F Will Aide signed

SPHL STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS WPCT GF GA PIM HOME ROAD L-TEN STREAK

Louisiana 42 27 11 4 58 .690 133 113 812 17-5-2 10-6-2 7-3-0 0-1-0

Fayetteville 43 26 14 3 55 .640 142 114 622 15-4-3 11-10-0 7-3-0 1-0-0

Pensacola 41 25 12 4 54 .659 124 103 774 10-6-3 15-6-1 6-3-1 0-1-0

Columbus 41 23 15 3 49 .598 120 103 798 14-5-3 9-10-0 6-4-0 1-0-0

Knoxville 43 23 17 3 49 .570 135 131 842 12-9-1 11-8-2 4-6-0 1-0-0

Mississippi Surge 44 19 19 6 44 .500 119 127 903 8-8-4 11-11-2 2-6-2 0-0-1

Mississippi R'Kings 45 18 21 6 42 .467 126 152 844 12-8-3 6-13-3 4-5-1 1-0-0

Huntsville 42 16 20 6 38 .452 101 132 1113 12-6-2 4-14-4 4-4-2 1-0-0

Augusta 43 15 25 3 33 .384 110 135 911 6-11-3 9-14-0 5-5-0 0-1-0

UPCOMING GAMES AND PROMOTIONS

Tuesday, February 19 - Knoxville at Columbus, 7:30 PM EST (Season Series vs. KNX: 4-2-1)

The Knoxville Ice Bears visit the Civic Center for the final time this season on Tuesday night. The game will break the deadlock for fourth place in the SPHL standings, although the Cottonmouths have two games in hand on the Ice Bears. The two teams will face each other one more time on March 16 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

PROMOTIONS: $2 concessions! Selected food and drink at the Civic Center will be $2 all night.

Friday, February 22 - Augusta at Columbus, 7:30 PM EST (Season Series vs. AUG: 3-3-0)

The intrastate rival Augusta RiverHawks head to the Snake Pit on Friday night. The RiverHawks won the first three games of the season series, all in Augusta, while the Cottonmouths have taken the last three games, all in Columbus. After Friday, the teams will face each other in two of the final three games of the regular season with games March 21 in Augusta and March 23 in the final regular season game in Columbus.

PROMOTIONS: Free Stuff Friday and Wiener Dog Races, Part 2! Register any non-aggressive breed under 25 pounds for Friday's race at either Second Avenue Animal Hospital or the Cottonmouths office.

Saturday, February 23 - Columbus at Huntsville, 8:35 PM EST (Season Series vs. HSV: 3-0-1)

In one of the many SPHL scheduling quirks this season, the Snakes visit Huntsville for the first time all season on Saturday night at Propst Arena. The two teams only face each other once more in the regular season with another game in Huntsville on March 7. The Cottonmouths are 11-0-1 against the Havoc in the last 12 games between the two teams over the past two seasons, including a two-game playoff sweep last season.

Sunday, February 24 - Columbus at Pensacola, 4:05 PM EST (Season Series vs. PEN: 3-3-1)

Columbus will head to the Florida Panhandle on Sunday afternoon to face the Ice Flyers at the Pensacola Bay Center. The `Flyers are battling for the top of the SPHL standings as they are just one point out of second place with two games in hand on Fayetteville and four points behind league-leading Louisiana with a game in hand on the IceGators.

COTTONMOUTHS WEEK IN REVIEW

Friday, February 15 - Columbus 0 at Pensacola 4 (Attendance: 3,525)

After shutting out the opposition four times so far this season, the Cottonmouths found themselves on the losing end of a shutout bid on Friday night in Pensacola as the Ice Flyers defeated the Snakes 4-0 behind goaltender Gerry Festa's 30 saves. Ian Vigier took the loss in net for the Snakes with 33 saves on 37 shots. Neither team scored on the power play as Columbus was 0 for 2 with the man advantage and the Ice Flyers were 0 for 6.

Saturday, February 16 - Huntsville 1 at Columbus 4 (Attendance: 4,478)

The Snakes defeated Huntsville 4-1 at the Snake Pit on Saturday night. Corey Bellamy, Levi Lind, and Tom Maldonado scored a goal apiece for Columbus, with Matt Gingera also notching a goal on a penalty shot. The game was a physical one as well with 110 total penalty minutes doled out to both teams in 30 separate infractions. Andrew Loewen won his 11th straight decision in net for the Cottonmouths, stopping 34 of 35 shots. Jesse Kallechy was the losing goaltender for the Havoc with 34 saves on 38 shots. Columbus was 0 for 6 on the power play while Huntsville was 1 for 6.

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK

1. G Andrew Loewen - Loewen notched his eleventh straight victory between the pipes on Saturday night with a 34-save effort on 35 shots on goal against the Havoc.

2. D Tom Maldonado - Maldonado logged the game-winning goal on Saturday night against Huntsville.

3. F Corey Bellamy - Bellamy scored a goal and had a physical game on Saturday night.

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